PAY FOR THE SALSA & CHIPS, THERE IS JUST TOO MUCH AT STAKE (The bigger picture of dishonest gain)

Our whole family recently decided to eat out and we went to Chili’s.  The children wanted to go there for their new dessert.  It is these pan cookies , served hot in the pan, with ice cream and syrup.  I think secretly I want to go but blame it on them.  While we were there we got the bill and we did not get charged for some of our items. 



Jesus and say “Jehovah Jireh, my Provider”.


To the waiter, “Excuse me , you forgot to put this on the bill”….secretly hoping he would say “just keep it don’t worry about it.” 


Even simple good sportsmanship can rise to the level of class act, as it did with tennis player Mats Wilander in the semifinals of the 1982 French Open. At match point, a shot by Wilander’s opponent was ruled out. Wilander walked over to the umpire and said, “I can’t win like this. The ball was good.” The point was played over, and Wilander won fair and square. (John Berendt, Esquire, April, 1991)


Wilander’s treasure was to hoist the French Open trophy in front of thousands.  It was his first chance at a Grand Slam title; he did not know that 6 more grand slam titles would come later. But this was the first, and he could have won the first with a dirty conscience.



Solomon says this in Proverbs 21:6

“The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue

Is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit of death.”


Here it is in the Living Bible and The Message:


“Dishonest gain will never last, so why take the risk”

(Living Bible)



“Make it to the top by lying and cheating;

get paid with smoke and a promotion––to death”





(The bigger picture of dishonest gain)”


I am now the father of a teenager.  My eldest child just turned 13 a few weeks ago. We even had “The” talk when he was 12 to prepare us for this moment.  Now begins the bodily changes and the emotional and attitudinal changes.  There is more work ahead but it’s worth it. We have a great son.


Before I show you an amazing Bible verse on teens from one of the wisest men, here is my less spiritual but fun quotes on teenagers.


“Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.” 

Erma Bombeck


“As a teenager you are at the last stage in your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you.” 

Fran Lebowitz


Little children, headache; big children, heartache.  ~Italian Proverb

Too many of today’s children have straight teeth and crooked morals.  ~Unknown high school principal

Teenagers complain there’s nothing to do, then stay out all night doing it.  ~Bob Phillips


What you don’t correct in your own life , will come to fruition in your children’s  Jacob Aranza


You can tell a child is growing up when he stops asking where he came from and starts refusing to tell where he is going.  ~Author Unknown


Small children disturb your sleep, big children your life.  ~Yiddish Proverb


Those are the fun and not spiritual quotes.

I ran across a verse about teens in the Bible that I have never seen; and maybe that is because I have never had a teen till a few weeks ago.


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You Can’t Have One Without the Other

Wisdom and prayer go together

You can’t have one without the other.


No one who is wise is prayerless

And no one who is prayerless will ever be wise


You will never attain wisdom apart from the presence of God

Wisdom is not education or diplomas or degrees

Wisdom is supernatural and it is found when you walk with God

Colossians 2:3 says “all the treasures of wisdom is found in Him.”  So He is our source and THE source of wisdom.  You can have an MBA or a PHD and still be D-U-M-B.  

If God is divorced from your life, then you are divorced from the all Wise God. (Romans 16:27 “the only wise God”).


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